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How to use the Bootrec.exe tool to repair startup issues in Windows

How to use the Bootrec exe tool to repair startup issues in Windows by Britec

You can use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) to troubleshoot and repair the following items in Windows Vista:
A master boot record (MBR)
A boot sector
A Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store
Note When you are troubleshooting startup issues by using the Windows RE, you should first try the Startup Repair option in the System Recovery Options dialog box. If the Startup Repair option does not resolve the issue, or if you must troubleshoot more steps manually, use the Bootrec.exe tool.

Bootrec.exe options
The Bootrec.exe tool supports the following options. Use the option that is appropriate for your situation.

Note If rebuilding the BCD does not resolve the startup issue, you can export and delete the BCD, and then run this option again. By doing this, you make sure that the BCD is completely rebuilt. To do this, type the following commands at the Windows RE command prompt:
bcdedit /export C:BCD_Backup
cd boot
attrib bcd -s -h -r
ren c:bootbcd bcd.old
bootrec /RebuildBcd


The /FixMbr option writes a Windows Vista-compatible MBR to the system partition. This option does not overwrite the existing partition table. Use this option when you must resolve MBR corruption issues, or when you have to remove non-standard code from the MBR.


The /FixBoot option writes a new boot sector to the system partition by using a boot sector that is compatible with Windows Vista. Use this option if one of the following conditions is true:
The boot sector has been replaced with a non-standard Windows Vista boot sector.
The boot sector is damaged.
An earlier Windows operating system has been installed after Windows Vista was installed. In this scenario, the computer starts by using Windows NT Loader (NTLDR) instead of Windows Boot Manager (Bootmgr.exe).


The /ScanOs option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista. Additionally, this option displays the entries that are currently not in the BCD store. Use this option when there are Windows Vista installations that the Boot Manager menu does not list.


The /RebuildBcd option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista. Additionally, this option lets you select the installations that you want to add to the BCD store. Use this option when you must completely rebuild the BCD.

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34 thoughts on “How to use the Bootrec.exe tool to repair startup issues in Windows”

  1. Raynor9899 says:

    What abiut bootrec.exe running when windows is booted?Why i can't run it from there?It is only on repair discs?

  2. WobbyChip says:

    when i trying to run bootrec /fixMBR I get error system cannot find specifed, but the most interesting is that the when i run bootrect without parametrs i doesn't get errors.

  3. Ona Dorries says:

    this fucked my windows vista cause someone tripped over the power cable

  4. Thanks a million….you saved the day

  5. Sahid Limon says:

    This video helped me come out of a BSOD and get win 7 to safe mode when nothing else was working. Thank you for the tutorial!

  6. Myhay007k says:

    when i get the export it give me failed . the requested system device cannot be found.

  7. Roy Kumar says:

    Thanks bro……it's method really work..

  8. I got this problem – the file or directory C:/BOOTSECT.BAK is corrupt and unreadable .Please run the chkdsk utility

  9. ROv Ibot says:

    I like the videos thanks…… why make the bcd backup?

  10. I tried before and this worked, but today it did not. Thanks anyway!

  11. spik330 says:

    I cant run /FixBoot I get access denied

  12. nolimitsREAL says:

    that is stupid, nobody should pay for that, should be for free, microsoft should offer for free

  13. CoolMcDude says:

    OH GOD BLESS YOU, THIS SAVED MY BUTT. Worked like a charm on windows server 2013 R2

  14. ROv Ibot says:

    Good video. Where can I get an ISO win7 pro. My hp came w it but I installed Linux and now I have to reinstall it? Microsoft says it can give me one cus my key is oem..

  15. l_ki_l says:

    It only says operation successfully completed while doing rebuild 0lz help my laptop dosent starts

  16. OctaviasWolf says:

    Why is it nessecary to use a DVD

  17. it says element not found for me :/

  18. usman khan says:

    well the error is started which shows fwpkclnt.sys error 0×c0000098

  19. awesome job fixed my problem immediately very clear steps & walk through! thx

  20. is this windows xl? it's ugly

  21. NΞON says:

    I would rather get a new PC than fix a windows vista PC

  22. yo……recovered it man……thanks for such a helpful video!!! 👍👍👍
    keep it up bro !!!

  23. Juicy G says:

    this caused my pc not to boot anymore, it's corrupted my hardware.

  24. Bro I love you man excellent video fixed my msconfig problem

  25. Kevin Peppo says:

    thank you very much. It works

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